Definition of underuse in English:


Syllabification: un·der·use


Pronunciation: /ˌəndərˈyo͞oz
[with object] (usually as adjective underused)
  • Use (something) below the optimum level: the owner noted a lot of underused space in that garage
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    • The council car park is an excellent but underused facility.
    • The trust claims both units are underused and costly to run but have not yet released detailed information about how much would be saved in closing the units.
    • What if a medication is underused or overused by the person for whom it's intended and there's a bad outcome?


Pronunciation: /ˌəndərˈyo͞os
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  • Insufficient use: underuse of existing services
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    • If an auto tempts you then check it well, particularly on low-mileage examples, which can suffer more from underuse than overuse.
    • A lack of health knowledge has been associated with underuse of health care and with unhealthy behaviors, such as not using sun protection and engaging in unsafe sex practices.
    • The results also suggest that DTC [direct to consumer] advertising may have competing effects on quality, potentially averting underuse, while also promoting overuse.

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